A gay violinist confronts Trump supporters

A gay violinist confronts Trump supporters


norman lebrecht

November 06, 2020

On election night in Florida a group of Trump supporters went down to Wilton Manors with a view of provoking its mainly-gay residents.

They reckoned without Stephen Neil.

He got out his violin. And an amplifier.

More here.



  • Roman says:

    Electrical violins are worse that any imaginable politicians.

  • Rogerio says:

    The title does nothing for the equality of violinists. It perpetuates discrimination. Why should it matter that he was a violinist?

  • Brian says:

    I’ll take “Things that didn’t happen” for $100, Alex.

  • Peter San Diego says:

    What a balm, such civility. Would that it could become a model for bridging disagreements.

  • Bone says:

    Yeah, he sure showed them!

  • Alan K says:

    Could you please get off your Anti-Trump hobbyhorse? I have not ever seen one comment of yours regarding the burgeoning Anti-Semitism of the progressive left in America including Democrats like Omar and Talib who were enthusiastically endorsed by Biden and Pelosi Go back to covering music gossip and obituaries please.

  • Sue Sonata Form says:

    It’s going to take an awful lot more than a gay man waving a violin to shut up the, er, deplorables:


    • violafan says:

      Hi Sue,

      I’ve been waiting a long time to say this to you.

      You lost. Biden will be your president.

      Have a great day 🙂

  • Lynne says:


  • Hal Hobbs says:

    Will you be identifying everyone from now on by their sexuality?

  • papageno says:

    Did he play “Glitter and Be Gay”

  • V.Lind says:

    Time for them to “don” their big-boy pants. As their leader has been told to.

  • 2 Obvious says:

    “…music hath charm to soothe the savage beast…”

  • Greg Bottini says:

    Trump supporters are by definition homophobic.
    These MAGAts have drunk the Trump Kool-Aid and blindly support anything he says or does.
    Stephen Neil is a brave individual, that’s for sure. He could have easily gotten beat up, or worse. (As we’ve all seen, MAGAts are certainly not averse to violence.)
    I’m relieved that he’s OK, and inspired by the fact that he combatted hatred with his music.
    Bravo, Stephen!

  • Justin Hoplite says:

    Jesus, as natural philosopher, said “turn the other cheek.” Good for Stephen!

  • E Rand says:

    Bull-S! Nearly 45% of gays support are conservative and support Trump. This is silly.


    • violafan says:

      oh well if the hornet app (i’m gay and never heard of it) says so, it MUST be true! LOL

      Trump LOST! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀

  • Cole Fredricks says:

    The Democrats with their constant violence, doxing, fires, canceling and looting are MUCH worse than just a few people merely peacefully protesting.

    As usual there’s no backstory or context as to why Trump supporters are present other than standing against pedophilia which the left still embraces.

    They aren’t covered in black beating and murdering anybody like the deplorable left, so it’s no big deal.

  • RW2013 says:

    Sadder than the man himself are only his supporters, and I don’t mean the violinist.

  • Steven Jones says:

    Why can’t I play this video clip?

  • Anonymous Bosch says:

    Given the propensity of the president’s supporters for violence, that took guts. I particularly like the performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

  • Music fan says:

    Even in Wilton Manors, this is a brave young man considering many of those Trumpets are carrying firearms.

  • Rudiger says:

    Bravo, Stephen!

  • jaypee says:

    Since you seem to enjoy trump fans and their bigoted ideas in these forums (while silencing those who oppose them), I fail to understand what your point is, Mr. Lebrecht… Do you support this violinist or not?
    I’d guess that anything is good for clicks… Right?

  • Tamara says:

    Stephen Neil must be a racist. He must be happy that the segregationist, whose only accomplishment is authoring the bill, sending more Black and Brown people to prison, looks to be the new POTUS.

    Of course, his running mate did the same for California.

    Guess Neil is showing his happiness of not having the threat of BIPOC neighbors, thanks to Biden/Harris.

    • violafan says:

      Trump supporters really live in a delusional dimension.

      Black people overwhelmingly voted for Biden and probably are the reason we finally got rid of Trump. GOOD RIDDANCE 🙂

  • M McAlpine says:

    American people I’m in contact with reported Biden supporters rioting and looting.

  • Sharon says:

    I don’t know whether Harris was “tough on crime” in California but she did not prosecute the devious and greedy lenders who in many cases broke California law and regulations foreclosing on homes with subprime mortgages that the home owners were suckered into into California.

    As far as Trump is concerned, although I have no doubt that many of his supporters are anti gay he himself has never said anything against gays or gay marriage and in fact I understand attended at least 1 gay marriage before he became president.

  • Mark (London) says:

    What a divided f**** up country the USA is